Grosvr: square—Sept. 5th. 1787—
I am very much concerned that an Absence in the Country should have so long delayed my Answer to your Letter of the tenth of July. There is no act of Congress which authorises me expressly, to order the payment of your salary: But the Representations in your Letter supported by the extract from that of mr. Jefferson to you of the 14 of June last, Show such an absolute necessity of it, that I have inclosed to you a Letter to Messrs. Willinks & Van Staphorsts—Authorizing them to pay your salary once in six months till further orders from Congress, the Board of Treasury or, Sir—your most Obed. & most / Humble Serv.
MHi: Adams Family Papers, Letterbooks.